Having spent three summers , recently( 2010-2012) , in the south of France
, and Western med, on a small mono .
I d say average food
costs for two are about 100 euros a week , ( typical warm weather
foods , local or seasonal) excluding eating out , eating out, excluding drink can be easily done for 10-15 a head
, especially lunch ,this isn't fine dining of course , but most food Is france/Italy etc is fabulous . ( and well better then your local pub cavery) . The street markets/ food markets offer the best quality. Wine in supermarkets can be surprisingly expensive, but you can get co-operative wine for about 1euro a litre , bring a big plastic container.
This is shopping
for mostly basics , with meat , chicken, fish
, maybe 3-4 times a week , ( Carrefour do some nice one pot tinned beef goulashs, very useful when you run out of provisions)
Spirits are cheap( er) in Italy
, especially draft beer
is way more expensive then the UK , pint for pint . Avoid the obvious tourist traps ( menus with pictures , or advertising " Engleesh breakfast etc" )
You will find , well we did, that you spend a lot of time hunting down food, firstly its time consuming , distance , walking etc, then you have limited cold storage
, and most fresh food spoils quite quickly in the heat. So plan backup meals
, if provisioning
proves awkward. ( and high season availability of temporary berths , especially for cats is very difficult )
However often the larger and hence cheaper supermarkets , or even markets and food halls are some distance from anchorages
, so some creative thinking is needed , taxis are expensive. Small closer supermarkets can be more expensive with limited range , try coming ashore where there are apartment complexes or larger conurbations. ( these often have quite good supermarkets buried in the complexes ) if you can carry and get ashore a small motorbike or even a bicycle, that would help.
, and rowing ashore to the local beach restaurant can prove very alluring , adjust your budget
accordingly .( this used to be very cheap
, but not anymore I'm afraid )
was about 80% of France
was about 80 % of Italy, we found Croatia
dearer then France. Spain
is more of a mixed bag , some cheap
Don't be afraid to try little small out of the way local restaurants and bars , we seek these out . You kiss a few frogs of course , but you do find a good few princesses !
Public transport in France is cheap , though intercity rail isn't , whereas it is in Italy , Greece
is a mixed bag .( public transport isn't that good to begin with) , Spain was similar to Italy , with greater variability ( eating out was a bit dearer then France , unless one stuck to pizzas )
How much you spend will therefor be completely determined by marina costs , either a semi permanent berth or night to night ( that's if you can find a space !) , France and Italy can run to 100 euros a night or more depending , further east it gets a bit cheaper , and Greece has some low cost public quays. Spain, if slightly out of the way marinas , tends to have space , France is an utter nightmare for transient berths in high season.
After that , general living expenses, laundry
etc are comparable with home.
Then you add boat running costs , chandlery
runs about the same price
as the UK, give or take , fuel
in marinas can run to 2euros a litre in places !
To keep costs under control, in the Western med , be prepared to do a lot of anchoring
out . So you need a self sufficient boat , and be comfortable with extended duration anchoring. ( watch the weather , for this get Navtex and a 3G dongle )
If only two people, at anchor
, I rarely leave the boat unattended, so that tends to put the onus on provisioning
on the other partner , and that was contentious ! , my hangup .